In any story, there comes a time when the hero or heroine is concerned about something. This usually happens when or after he or she:

  • Goes through an identity crisis.
  • Tries to cope with his or her new reality.
  • Is forbidden to achieve his or her goals.
  • Has an argument with someone.
  • Goes in the wrong direction.
  • Has made a terrible mistake.

Afterwards, the protagonist receives support from someone he or she loves (usually a tutor, friend, family member, teacher, or mentor) or vise versa. That person can help him or her cope with their problems and/or assure him or her that everything is going to be okay.

Noteworthy ExamplesEdit

  • After Moana is reprimanded by Chief Tui and forbidden to go beyond the island, her mother, Sina, supports her when they have a talk about why her father is strict with her.
  • After Jess Bhamra picks a fight with a girl who calls her a racist slur and is sent to the benches, she tells Joe, her coach, what happened. Joe understands and this leads him to support her.
  • When Rey discovers terrible memories from her past after touching Luke's lightsaber, she is concerned until Maz Kanata finds her and sympathizes with our heroine.
  • When Red Action explains how she arrived in 201X, Enid convinces her to face her former Hue Troop teammates.
  • After Paikea Apirana gets in trouble with her grandfather Koro (and a mild argument at the dinner table), her grandmother, Nanny Flowers, helps her when they have a conversation about why he sees no use for her.After Gerald is diagnosed for his sore throat and has to be taken to the hospital to have his tonsils removed, he's afraid of messing up in the school concert, but his friends support him - Arnold included.
  • Belle supports Maurice when he thinks his invention isn't going to work, and he supports her when she's concerned about the village thinking she's odd.
  • When Hercules is concerned that fame isn't getting him anywhere, Phil helps him overcome that stress by making it clear that he believes in him.
  • After he and his friends are thrown in the dungeon, Jimmy Neutron is concerned that his actions put the grown-ups of Retroville in danger until Cindy Vortex reminds him that beating himself up isn't going to do any good and she and the other kids need his help.


(On a bridge, Gerald sprays into his mouth and begins to sing, even with his bad voice.) (Gerald: Figaro, figaro, figaroooo....) (A yodeling voice rings out behind him. It's a biker, laughing and mocking Gerald.) (Biker: What a crazy voice!) (The biker laughs, but then crashes into a streetlight. Arnold, noticing his depressed buddy, walks up to Gerald.) Well, tonight's the concert. (Gerald: Yeah, I'm not going.) What? (Gerald, still upset: I CAN'T go through with it.) You can do it, Gerald. Just think positive. (Gerald: Arnold, you're my best friend, and I appreciate the way you're always looking on the bright side. But I think it's time we both stop kidding ourselves and face the music. My voice STINKS! I'm NOT gonna SING! Nothing in the world's gonna get me on that stage.) Come on, Gerald. It isn't THAT big of a change. It's big, but it's, it's not insurmountable. (Gerald: Insurmountable? Man, you read too much.) Hey, I got an idea. Why don't we go ask your doctor? (With that, Gerald smiles.)
~ Arnold Shortman supporting Gerald when he's afraid he'll make a fool of himself in the school concert with his bad voice.

Red, why didn’t you tell me? Space crystals, prophecies, that’s incredible! You’re incredible! (Red Action: I’m not incredible! The Hue Troopers are all like cheesy poses, and like, weird helmets. I’m supposed to take orders from a rock, and I broke it! I’m not like you!) Wha-? (Red Action: You’ve got your own moves, your own style! You don’t follow anyone. Heh, I never had the nerve to comment on any of your pictures. Deep down, I wanted to hang out with the coolest person in 201X before I got dragged back to the future. But I dunno if I can keep running.) You’re right. You can’t. So let’s beat ‘em. (Red Action: Huh?) No matter what you did in the future, Red, right now we’re just two cool people hangin’ out! And if the Hue Troopers won’t leave us alone, we’ll just have to make ‘em!
~ Enid convinces Red Action to face her former teammates the Hue Troop.

(After hearing an explosion in her house, Belle hears her father's coughing and notices him stuck in a barrel.) Papa? (Maurice, pulling the barrel off his body: How on earth did that happen? Dog gonnit!) Are you all right, Papa? (Maurice: I'm about ready to give up on this hunk of junk!) (He gives his invention a swift kick in frustration.) You always say that. (Maurice: I mean it this time! I'll never get this boneheaded contraption to work!) Yes, you will. And you'll win first prize at the fair tomorrow. (Maurice crosses his arms and harrumphs.) And become a world-famous inventor. (Maurice, smiling: You really believe that?) I always have. (Maurice: Well, what are we waiting for? I'll have this thing fixed in no time.) (Maurice slides under his invention.) hand me that dog-legged clencher there... So, you have a good time in town today?) I got a new book. (concerned) Papa, do you think I'm odd? (Maurice: My daughter? Odd? (reveals himself wearing a pair of huge goggles) Where would you get an idea like that?) Oh, I don't know. It's just that I'm not sure I fit in here. There's no one I can really talk to. (Maurice: What about that Gaston? He's a handsome fellow.) He's handsome, all right, and rude and conceited and... Oh Papa, he's not for me. (Maurice: Well, don't you worry, 'cause this invention's going to be the start of a new life for us. (slides out out from under the machine again) I think that's done it.
~ Belle supporting Maurice when he's afraid his invention is not going to work. In turn, he supports her when she's concerned about life in the village.

(Wart sadly sits in the kitchen, after Sir Ector fires him from his duties as Kay's squire, which Merlin magically comes to apologize to him as well as console him.) Oh. I'm sorry, lad. Sorry I.. I spoiled everything. I know that trip to London meant a great deal to you. (Wart: Oh. It's- It's not your fault. I shouldn't have popped off. Now I'm really done for.) No. No. You will be in a great spot, Boy. You can't cut out, Now. You know, You'll be up from here. (Wart: I'd like to know how.) Use your head, An education, Lad. (Merlin gently taps Wart's head with his magic wand.) (Wart: What good will that do?) Get it first, Then who knows... Are you willing to try? (Wart, starting to feel a little better: What have I got to lose?) That's the spirit! We'll start tomorrow! We'll show 'em! Won't we, Boy? (Wart, glumly: We sure will.)
~ Merlin supporting Wart after he is fired from his job as Kay's squire.

(While Jimmy Neutron's friends argue, Cindy Vortex sneaks over to a separate cell, where our hero is imprisoned, ashamed that he put the grown-ups of Retroville in danger.) Jimmy? You there? (Jimmy sniffles.) Look, don't listen to them. They're just scared. Are you okay? (Jimmy: Yeah. (he wipes a tear) I'm fine.) Don't be so hard on yourself. We'll get out of this. (Jimmy sniffles again.) Okay. So, you made a mistake. Beating yourself up isn't gonna fix anything. You know...I was the smartest kid in school until you came along. And I admit, you know more about some things than I do. But I know one thing that you don't seem to get. And that's that we're never getting out of here without you. So why don't you buck up, mister, and put that big brain of yours back to work? Nick can handle the fighting stuff, but first we have to get out of this cell. (Jimmy, with a sniff: Um, Cindy...why..why are you being so nice to me?) Because there's a bunch of kids in here that need you. And I do too.
~ Cindy Vortex supporting Jimmy Neutron by reminding him that the other children need his help.

(After being scolded by Chief Tui and forbidden to go out into the ocean, Moana is sitting on a low-hanging branch, breaking sticks and throwing them in the sand in anger. This is when her mother, Sina, walks up to her and sits down.) (Sina: Well, it's not like you said it in front of your dad, standing on a boat.) I didn't say, "go beyond the reef" because I want to be on the ocean. (Sina: But you still do. (she turns to her daughter) He's hard on you because...) Because he doesn't get me. (Sina, placing a gentle hand on Moana's shoulder: Because he WAS you. Drawn to the ocean.) (A flashback of young Tui and his friend going out to sea at night appears as Sina speaks.) (Sina: Down by the shore. He took a canoe, Moana. He crossed the reef and found an unforgiving sea. Waves like mountains. His best friend begged to be on that boat. Your dad couldn't save him.) (In the flashback, a storm wrecks Tui's boat. He swims toward his friend, trying to rescue him, but it's too late. Scene changes to the present.) (Sina: He's hoping he can save you.) (Moana sighs.) (Sina: Sometimes, who we wish we were, what we wish we could do, is just not meant to be.) (As she speaks, Sina warmly tucks a piece of hair behind Moana's ear and walks off.)
~ Moana concerned after being forbidden to go beyond the reef; Sina comes to her side and sympathizes with her while telling her daughter why Tui forbids going beyond the reef and that he's is trying to protect her.

After Rey notices a harrowing vision after touching Luke's lightsaber, she stumbles. This is where Maz Kanata approaches.) I shouldn't have gone in there. (Maz: That lightsaber was Luke's, and his father's before him, and now, it calls to YOU.) I have to get back to Jakku. (Maz: Han told me.) (She takes off her goggles and comfortingly holds Rey's slender hand.) (Maz: Dear child, I see your eyes; you already know the truth. Whomever you're waiting for on Jakku, they're never coming back. But there's someone who could.) Luke. (Maz: The belonging you seek is not behind you, it is ahead. I am no Jedi, but I know the Force. It moves through and surrounds every living thing. Close your eyes...feel it. The's always been there, it will guide you. (handing Rey the lightsaber) The saber, take it.)
~ Rey concerned after noticing terrible visions, until Maz Kanata notices this and helps her, all while preparing to pass on Luke Skywalker's lightsaber to her.

She called me a Paki, but I guess you wouldn't understand what that feels like, would you? (Joe: Jess, I'm Irish. Of course I'd understand what that feels like.)
~ Jess Bhamra getting support from Joe, her coach, after picking a fight with a girl who calls her a racist slur.

(Benny Jackson is reading Bulletproof Jackson's diary, and he's shocked to realize that he fooled his town. Ashley walks downstairs, notices this, and sits down next to her friend.) You're still down here? I know you may not think it's a good idea, but we should go to kickball practice.) He's a fraud. Read it! (Benny hands Ashley the book.) (Ashley: Who's a fraud? (calmly) Listen. Let's just go to practice. I don't think we're gonna need that deed after all.)
~ Benny Jackson concerned about his family legacy when learning that his great-grandfather was a fraud, but Ashley comes and helps him.

(At his villa, Hercules, dressed in a lion's pelt and holding a club, is having his picture painted on an urn by a rooster of a man as Phil explains his schedule.) (Phil: At one, you got a meeting with King Augeius. He's got a problem with his stables. I'd advise you not to wear your new sandals.) (Hercules, concerned, turns to his trainer.) Phil... (Artist, sternly: I told you, don't move!) (Hercules displays a "hero" position.) (Phil: DGR, the Daughters of the Greek Revolution. At three...) Phil... (Phil, continuing: gotta get a girdle from some Amazons.) (exasperated) Phil, what's the POINT?! (As soon as he says this, Hercules tosses his club and it slams against the urn. The artist gives out a yell of rage.) (Artist: YAIEEEEE! THAT'S IT!) (Phil, trying to stop him: Keep your toga on, pal.) (Too late; the irate artist slams his palette down on Phil's face and storms off.) (Phil, his face painted like a clown: Yuck! What do you mean, "what's the point?" You wanna go to Olympus, don't ya?) (Hercules pulls off his pelt and tosses it aside.) Yeah, but this stuff doesn't seem to be getting me anywhere. (Phil wipes the paint off his face.) (Phil: You can't give up now. I'm counting on ya.) I gave this everything I had. (Phil sighs and walks up to his pupil.) (Phil: Listen to me, kid. I've seen 'em all. And I'm tellin' you, and this is the honest to Zeus truth. You got somethin' I never seen before.) Really? (Phil: I can feel it right down in these stubby bowed legs of mine. There is NOTHIN' you can't do, kid.)
~ Hercules concerned about where being a hero is going to get him, until Phil reminds him not to give up.